ESSENCE Fest 2018: Janet Jackson, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Miguel, Erykah Badu, XSCAPE, Daniel Caesar, Fantasia, Snoop, H.E.R., Queen Latifah, SWV & More...See The Full List!
ESSENCE Festival is back and our 2018 performance line up is on fire! Scroll through to get a look at some of the artists who will be hitting the stage for our annual 3-day extravaganza celebrating Black culture through music, film, art, politics, food, fashion and empowerment, July 6-8 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
More names to be announced!
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Mary J. Blige
From a DJ set by Idris Elba, to unforgettable performances from Ella Mai, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Jussie Smollett, H.E.R., Kelela and many more, you won't be disappointed with all the new faces making their ESSENCE Festival debut this year.
In addition to our very own ESSENCE "Yes, Girl!" podcast making their ESSENCE Fest debut, we're also excited to welcome The Read podcast to the Festival for the very first time.
Doug E. Fresh
Roy Wood Jr. (Mainstage Host)
In addition to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah's Roy Wood Jr. returning as host of this year's Festival for the second year in a row, Doug E. Fresh will also kick off the mainstage each night, while DJ D-Nice will hold down the turntables.
Kool Moe Dee
Lady of Rage
DJ Captain Charles